Would You Rather: Watch Footloose (1984) Or Footloose (2011)?

It is no secret by now that I am a fan of Hollywood and pretty much everything that happens there. I was introduced to movies at the ripe old age of three when my mother and my aunt took me to see Love At First Bite, which apparently I greatly enjoyed while eating my popcorn and my “Three Musk of Tears”.

What I am not a fan of, however, is when Hollywood takes a classic and then attempts to modernize it in what they like to call a remake.

See, as a blossoming pre-teen in the state of Texas, nothing thrilled me more than the movie Footloose. The FootlooseΒ of 1984, I mean. You know–*the* Footloose. If you didn’t see that movie and instantly fall in love with Kevin Bacon and the soundtrack, then I am thinking you need to watch it again. Because, y’all, honestly, that movie is the greatest.

So, imagine my shock when my grown-up self was sitting in a dark movie theater and a preview came on for a little film calledΒ Footloose. But not *my* Footloose. Oh no, this was a new, flashy, updated version. I wept silently in my seat for the pre-teen me and the impending end of the world of movies as we know them.

What would be next? A remake of Dirty Dancing?

Apparently, though, the new version of Footloose is actually really good. So, I hear anyway. Obviously, I have not seen it. I swore on my poster of Kevin Bacon from Teen Beat magazine circa 1985 that I would not do that to him.

So tell me, Dose Peeps, am I wrong? Did I miss the boat by passing up the new version, or does the Ashley of yesteryear know best?

Would you rather watch Footloose from 1984 or Footloose from 2011?


Would You Rather: Watch Footloose (1984) Or Footloose (2011)? — 104 Comments

  1. I don’t even want to be in the same hemisphere as the new Footloose, much less watch it.

    I think they did remake Dirty Dancing – or they “reimagined” it or something equally as ridiculous – a couple of years ago. I didn’t see it, either, so I have no information to report on that.

    There are some movies that should not be messed with. Like that remake of Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood playing Maria. *shudder*

    • Oh you are totally right…I had blocked out that Dirty Dancing nonsense.
      And there was a remake of Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood?? Really? Somewhere Lisa just screamed! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’ve seen neither (though I want to see the original at some point I’m still recovering from the burns of seeing Dirty Dancing and Fame long after the ‘right time to see’ them) but if the abysmal remake of Pride & Prejudice is anything to go by and the absolute travesty it is compared to the glorious BBC original, the new Footloose should be burned with fire.

    • There is a wrong time to see Dirty Dancing and Fame? Oh dear God, someone hold me! πŸ˜‰
      And by the way, Lisa just called to read me your comment so I could be sure to tell you she could not agree more about Pride & Prejudice! πŸ™‚

  3. I actually watched the new one on Mother’s Day with my girls – I’m a sucker for any movies that involve dancing, and I figured it could be fun. And it actually was – it was way better than I expected! But I totally understand what you’re saying. There are just times where I’m willing to enjoy both. Parent Trap is another example. I love the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap from her days as a sweet innocent little girl. And Hairspray? Another one where I loved the remake – though I wasn’t a big fan of the old one so maybe that helped. Why don’t I just skip work and we can talk about movies and TV shows all day long?

    • Well, now I might have to watch it. I do greatly enjoy dancing movies, also! And I agree about Parent Trap…we do love both versions in our house! πŸ™‚

  4. Sometimes I like a remake, but reading that there was a remake of Dirty Dancing makes me feel forlorn. What are they trying to do, rip away all our childhood dreams?!

    I don’t like the remake of Charlie and the Chocolate factory either. Why mess with perfection? Why would they do such a thing?

    What’s next? New Wizard of Oz? Just kidding, I actually did like Oz because it was different enough that I felt like I could see it as its own movie.

    • I felt that way about Oz as well. I didn’t love it, but also did not really find myself comparing it to the original.
      And yes, why would you ever remake Willy Wonka??!!

  5. Are you wrong? Heck no! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Why mess with a classic, especially one involving Kevin Bacon?! To be fair, I haven’t seen the new version, but I just can’t believe it comes close to the original. I also don’t like it when they ‘update’ on older movie with new effects. Return of the Jedi was on TV the other night, and they’d inserted a bunch of additional scenes that had been digitally remastered and enhanced. Boo!

  6. I am SO with you. I loved everything about the original Footloose – Kevin Bacon was dreamy!!! No way I want to spoil my attachment to this movie!!

  7. OK I admit I would watch it.. Because I think it speaks to this generation the way it spoke to ours. But our time frame would make no sense to them. Does that make sense. Dirty Dancing however you just don’t mess with. They did one called Havana Nights yeah didn’t go over so well.

  8. Totally ironic, because the other night I was flipping through my cable movie channels. And of course 900 something channels and nothing was on, but I did find the new Footloose. I let it on and I started to watch, but truly couldn’t really pay attention. I ended up leaving it on, but blogging with it in the background. Moral of the story and agree with you, 9 times out of 10 the remakes aren’t worth it. I will stick with Kevin Bacon’s Footloose, too!! πŸ™‚

    • OH MY GOD, can you even imagine? By the way, Lisa said for me to remind you that they tried that with Grease 2. I told her to mind her own business, since I love that movie! πŸ˜‰

  9. I don’t like remakes of movies. I would rather enjoy the memories I have of the originals. I don’t like delving into my own past, let alone the ghosts of all those movies I’ve seen and lived through. Don’t even get me started on all the “prequels” that are being made now for the older movies we’ve seen. How many prequels does Star Trek need, now really?

    • Totally cannot picture him at all. There is no way he brought the fire and brimstone like John Lithgow!! πŸ˜‰

  10. 1984 all the way baby! I still remember the first time I saw it. My parents had a date night, leaving my 3 sisters and I at home. We too were in Texas, FYI. We rented Footloose, watched it, and afterwards went outside and re-enacted some of the scenes – in particular where they dance on the chair – you know, stand on it and ride it over backwards? LOVED it. I cannot even bring myself to watch the remake.

    • My sister and I used to spend endless summer days in my grandmother’s yard attempting to perfect the Dirty Dancing lift, so I totally get this! Love this comment! πŸ™‚

  11. No, you did not miss the boat! 1984 wins by a mile. I saw the new version and it’s not even close. Kevin Bacon was (and still is) one of my favorites.

  12. Actually took my teen to see the new one and ended up loving it. They paid homage to the old and it was really good. And yes, I watch the 1984 version every. Single. Time. It’s. On. TV.

  13. Original always! I love it, love it, love it. And yes, I loved Kevin Bacon a lot. Thought we might get married. Now I’m not so sure. And “three musk of tears” made my morning.

    • You know, I hear he is pretty happy with his wife and well, I bet your hubby would be sad without you! πŸ˜‰

  14. I would have to go with the 1984 version. Maybe just because when I was 13, I thought that Kevin Bacon was really cute and I didn’t even really know that there is a new Footloose until I read your blog (yes, I live under a rock in the Canadian redneck-ness)

  15. Neither. I’m (somewhat) ashamed to admit, that I didn’t like the original and therefore have no intention of watching the remake. I don’t know what’s wrong with me… but apparently there’s something. But in general, I’d say originals are always better.

    • WHAT?? You didn’t like it? Were you feeling ill that day or something? Maybe recovering from some kind of flu? How is that even possible?! πŸ˜‰

  16. I can’t! I just can’t bring myself to watch the new version. Lots of people have raved about it but my soul will be Kevin’s forever.

  17. I had the same reaction to the remake of Karate Kid. You know what, though? They actually came across as 2 different movies, and I found that I enjoyed both for different reasons. I have not seen the remake of Footloose, but I’m not against seeing it and probably will at some point. And, hate to say it, but I think they will probably do remakes of most of those 80s movies because they simply can and those producers are ones who went, “You know, I loved that movie then, but it would’ve been better if…” and will put their vision into action. If you do watch the movie, keep an open mind. You might find you actually enjoy it…for different reasons than you did the original one. πŸ™‚

    • You are right. I actually really enjoyed the new Karate Kid movie, too! And you bring up a good point. Which probably means I can assume there will be some sort of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off also. UGH.

  18. Don’t hate me…but I’ve never seen either of the Footloose but I did go see the play..and I love the soundtrack. I’d see both of them when I get the chance…back to back even!

    • Oh my Gosh, you must see the original! You won’t be sorry, especially if you love the soundtrack! πŸ™‚

  19. Ahhh Footloose brings back such sweet memories. In my college dorm, when we were all getting to know each other, someone said, “Remember a while back when we all liked the same music, like how we all loved the soundtrack to Footlose?” Next thing you know, someone started blaring the soundtrack out of their room and we all started dancing in the hallway. I will watch movies if others can vouch for them, so if I heard that the remake was good, I wouldn’t mind giving it a go πŸ™‚

  20. Are there no original ideas out there? Seems like creative laziness on the part of the movie studios. I also hate when the studios copy each other’s ideas: one vampire movie comes out and the next thing you know there are 10 – and nothing else…

  21. {Melinda} I’m definitely an “Old School” Footloose fan. I’ll never forget watching it in the theater. Brings so many memories back of my 14-year-old self. I generally hate remakes. And, I hate to tell you this, but I read somewhere recently that they’re talking about a Dirty Dancing remake. Don’t shoot the messenger. πŸ™‚

    • Apparently, there has been a Dirty Dancing remake…some nonsense about Havana Nights…but I think I have also read about *another* one. UGH.

  22. I have not seen the remake I started one Saturday but it put me to sleep so I guess that was that lol I did love the original some movies just don’t need to be remade

    • I don’t think so. I mean, he is not ugly or anything, but I prefer my Ren McCormick to look like Kevin Bacon! πŸ˜‰

  23. 1984 please! I really dislike it when people jack up my stuff.

    One point, I thought the mag was called Tiger Beat. Goggle it. I win! I’m more 80s than you! LOL

    • OH MY GOD, it was Tiger Beat!! My teen self just cried and rocked in the corner at forgetting that! πŸ˜‰

  24. I haven’t seen the new one… After Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights fell drastically short if my teenage expectations, the twenty-something year old me just couldn’t see the new Footloose. I have heard from a gaggle of teenage girls how “totally awesome” the new one is, but a few them didn’t actually know it was a remake (which was a bit if a dagger in my heart).

  25. I skipped the comment reading before posting my own because I didn’t want to be tempted to give in to dose peep pressure and be steered away from my own views on this. Cause I have to say I agree with you Lisa, and the original Footloose is sacred ground. I would probably still consider watching the new one simply because I love any movie with music and dancing, but it will never measure up or compare to the Kevin Bacon classic.

  26. Three musk-of-tears- adorable! And, oh the original Footloose makes me swoon! I was curious to read what others had to say about it- I am reluctant and perhaps too attached to the authentic, brilliant, nostalgic version. Though I did see someone above referenced the old Parent Trap, one of my favorites, and I will admit, it seems hypocritical, but I also found the Lindsay Lohan remake to be quite delightful. I’m ashamed.

    • I know…I feel like you, because I also enjoyed the new Parent Trap and yet can’t bring myself to even consider this one! Maybe we should watch it together Stephanie…you know, for “work”! πŸ˜‰

  27. Oh I agree! I saw the remake and while it was cute, it just was not the same! I have not seen a remake that was better than the original yet! Oh, and I hate to tell you, Lionsgate Films IS supposedly remaking Dirty Dancing next year…..

  28. I am a child of the 80’s too, and somehow I never managed to see Footloose! How did that happen? Anyway, I agree that remakes can be so disappointing… I hate when I see “The Parent Trap” in the TV guide and I turn to it and it’s Lindsey Lohan and not Hayley Mills. And don’t even get me started about the new “90210.”

    • OOOHHHH, we could totally talk ALL day about the new 90210…because honestly, WHY would you ever attempt to recreate that magic??!!

  29. I haven’t seen the “remake” but I don’t usually watch “remakes” of the movies I loved, so my vote is for the original. I’m hesitant to watch the new Gatsby movie because I loved the first one, even though people are saying the new one is good.

  30. I love the original Footloose and swore when the new one came out I would not see it. I haven’t. Why they mess with a good thing is beyond me.

  31. I am going to pretend this is just a post about how great Footloose was! Yup! I can’t stand some of these remakes or reimaginings. Maybe it’sgood, but nothing will compare to the original footloose! NOTHING!! I thin my hubby is pretending it doesn’t exist either, LOL

    • It was totally a post about how good the original Footloose was…written just for you! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

  32. I’m all about keeping 80s classics in the 80s. There’s just a sweet sense of nostalgia that can’t transfer to a remake. I will probably see the new one at some point, but not until my Netflix queue becomes really desperate for husband-free movies!

  33. Ladies. That remake was an abomination. I am upset just thinking about it. Give me Kevin. Give me that Dillon brother. Give me Lorie Singer. If not, I am going to bed!

  34. I’m not real happy either about remakes, I have not seen the new Footloose, have no interest to, I’m afraid of the let down. I was so disappointed in the Red Dawn remake that I have swore off any other 80s remakes. I loved the Brat Pack and they were some hotties but these kids today have nothing on them. IMO…

  35. I watched the remake with my kids a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t horrible. But it wasn’t as good as the original – few things often are. My biggest complaint – they remixed “Holding Out for a Hero” and made it a slow song. Yuck! I owned the soundtrack cassette and know every word by heart, and it pissed me off that they ruined the song.

  36. Totally 1984 version! I tried watching the recent version and we had to turn the TV off. There’s something about the 80s corny movie storyline that you can accept when you know that it was made in the 80s. The storyline was still just as corny, but it was just coming off as horrible!

    • That is a great point…there is something about the 80’s that makes it easy to watch and suspend disbelief! πŸ™‚

  37. Another vote for the original here too! I saw Kevin Bacon when he was IT in a NY sorting goods store with a skate board tucked under his arm – at that time -YUMMY!

  38. Please don’t hate me but I’d choose the more recent one. I just can’t seem to commit to movies that came out before I was born or even a few years after that.
    But hey, out of loyalty to you girls, I’m going to watch the original footloose in two seconds. literally πŸ™‚ I haven’t seen either one yet so I have nothing to compare it with. Who knows…maybe I might like it.
    I totally LOVE dirty dancing though. I watched it a few years ago.

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